- Adoptive Parents
- Adoption Counselors
Sue PuffPaffLCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Adoptive Parent Services
Sue has worked in the social work field for 13 years, 7 of that in adoption. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois. She has a myriad of adoption experiences which includes adoption in the public child welfare system, post adoption and providing counseling to adoptive families. Sue is committed to the field of social work and is passionate about creating families through adoption.
Marc ArnesonAdoption Service Coordinator
Marc began working at The Cradle in June, 2002. In that time he has worked with prospective adoptive parents in a variety of different roles. One of his primary roles has been to introduce families to adoption and The Cradle. He has also worked as an Adoption Counselor and facilitates adoptive parent educational workshops.
Marc received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loras College in 1994. Before coming to The Cradle, Marc spent eight years working in child welfare specifically with children who were wards of the state transitioning from residential treatment to more permanent foster and adoptive homes.
Corinne FergusonLCSW, Adoption Counselor
Corinne received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration in Child and Family Therapy from Loyola University, where she also received her Bachelor’s in Social Work. She also has advanced training in group facilitation. Before coming to The Cradle, Corinne helped prepare families for adoption as a Case Manager. Her previous experience also includes youth advocacy in the Illinois court system.
Prior to becoming a social worker, Corinne spent nine years working in the healthcare field in a hospital setting and a small private practice on the north shore.
Dori FujiiLCSW, Adoption Therapist
Dori Fujii is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field of public and private child welfare and adoption since receiving her Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She has consulted with DCFS in their pre- and post-adoptive services programs and since 1997 and has worked at The Cradle with families adopting domestically and internationally.
Dori has specialized training in attachment focused, trauma-informed treatment modalities and is a registered Circle of Security® Parent Educator. She has particular interest in helping parents find effective ways of understanding, communicating and connecting with their children and teens. Her approach is practical and relationship oriented. She stresses the importance of being aware of how past experiences play a role in shaping the thoughts, feelings and actions of all members of the adoption circle.
Katie GattoneMSW, Adoption Counselor
Katie has over 16 years of experience working in the field of social work. She has worked with foster and adoptive families throughout her career with experience completing subsidized adoptions and special needs adoptions. Katie also has experience in licensing and post adoption services. She has a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois-Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Katie enjoys being a part of a fabulous team at The Cradle and helping build families through adoption.
Carmen KnightMS MFT, Adoption Counselor
Carmen has been working in the adoption field since 2006. Before joining the Cradle, she worked with both Bridge Communications, Inc. in Chicago, and The Ties Program-Adoptive Family Travel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also interned as a therapist at the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Some of Carmen’s past experiences in the adoption field include: working at culture camps and adoptee camps, leading classes and seminars on adoption topics at various conferences and for adoption agencies, speaking on panels, helping families prepare logistically and emotionally for touring their child’s country of birth, emotionally supporting families doing birth searches and reunions, and working with adoptive families as a therapist. Carmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Social Science Education and Secondary Education, and her master’s degree from Edgewood College in Marriage and Family Therapy.